PRK laser eye surgery is a very safe procedure, but like all surgical or medical procedures, there is always a risk of complication. All known complications will be discussed at your consultation.
On the day of your surgery, we ask you to bring your darkest sunglasses with you as you will have light sensitivity. We ask you to wear these sunglasses on the drive home with your driver. You will need to wear these in any well-lit areas, even at home. We highly encourage you to relax at home after your surgery for the remainder of the day.
At the end of your treatment, we will apply a bandage contact lens on the cornea to protect the eye. After your laser eye treatment, it is common that you may experience some discomfort, light sensitivity, watery eyes and/or red eyes. We will provide the appropriate pain medication to minimise discomfort.
Your vision may be blurred for a few days, but as the surface heals, it will become clearer. Please do not rub your eyes and refrain from swimming in a pool or at the beach. You will need to ensure water does not wash through your eyes when in the shower.
On the day of your surgery, you will be given two separate eye drops. One anti-inflammatory eye drop and one antibiotic eye drop. The day following your surgery, you will be putting one drop of the anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drop into each eye, three times a day. You can put these drops in together, as long as you drop them into your eye five minutes apart.
You will have a follow-up appointment five days after your surgery at the Mandurah Eye Centre, where the surgeon will remove the bandage contact lens and examine your eyes. Optilase always provides patients with direct contact with the surgeon in case you have any questions.
When can I…
- Wear makeup? 1 week after the procedure.
- Have a shower? Same day but avoid getting water or soap in your eyes.
- Wash my face? Same day but avoid the eye area.
- Go back to work? To be discussed with your surgeon.
- Go swimming? 1 week after the procedure.
- Exercise? 1 week after the procedure for strenuous exercise, but no contact sports for 2 weeks. Perspiration that may get in contact with the eye will sting.
- Drive? Depending on your healing, this will be discussed with your surgeon.